verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of comb1
Origin of combings
Related Words for combingstraighten, rummage, rake, forage, investigate, scrutinize, inspect, examine, sift, scour, ransack, sort, curry, tease, cleanse, separate, groom, smooth, disentangle, untangle
Examples from the Web for combing
Contemporary Examples of combing
But do you think the same amount of media resources would have been dedicated to combing through Lerner's emails as Palins?The IRS Email Double Standard
November 25, 2014
Cops went searching for a would-be suicide bomber, combing through the north-central part of the city.As Gaza War Comes Home to Israel, a Reluctant Suicide Bomber Emerges
August 4, 2014
He says investigators are combing through all the homicides over the last decade to find other similarities.Italy’s Scariest Serial Killer Returns
Barbie Latza Nadeau
May 7, 2014
The police searched all the rooms looking for any Stavitsky documents and combing through financial records.The Mafia Ruling Ukraine’s Mobs
March 23, 2014
Right now 29 airplanes and 18 ships are involved in combing the area where on Sunday the satellite found the debris.Was MH370 Carrying Killer Cargo?
March 21, 2014
Historical Examples of combing
To all of this the deputy listened sadly, combing his mustaches.Way of the Lawless
The shorter staples are made into flannels and light woolen goods; and the longer are extensively used for combing.
Palla, combing out her hair, gazed absently into the mirror.The Crimson Tide
Robert W. Chambers
But he saw her hand, encarmined by that glare, upon the combing of the cockpit.
His hands were combing through it and he was frowning majestically into the distance.Pagan Passions
Gordon Randall Garrett
Word Origin for comb
Old English camb "comb, crest, honeycomb" (later Anglian comb), from West Germanic *kambaz (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German camb, German Kamm, Middle Dutch cam, Dutch kam, Old Norse kambr), literally "toothed object," from PIE *gombhos, from root *gembh- "to bite, tooth" (cf. Greek gomphos "a molar tooth," Sanskrit gambha-s "tooth").
see fine-tooth comb.